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On Thursday is kept the Feast of The Angels' Bread divine CORPUS CHRISTI. If on that day a
Is now to mankind given,
It endeth type and sign, double or semi-double festival occurs, it That Bread which comes from Heaven, is transferred till after the Octave; if O strange and blessed thing!
A slave feeds on his King, simple, no commemoration is made of
The poor and low may eat and live ! it. Through the Octave no festival is
O THREE in ONE above,
Thy Godhead we implore kept except it be double.
To visit us in love,
And lead us on Thy way
To that eternal day
Wherein Thou dwellest evermore. Amen. and Paul, or any other of the more solemn festivals which may occur.
FIRST NOCTURN. These are kept with commemoration of
Ant. The LORD gave * the fruit of the Octave.
salvation to be tasted at the time of FESTIVAL OF CORPUS CHRISTI. His Death. Ps. i. Beatus vir. p. 78.
Ant. The faithful, * increased by
Cup, whereby God Himself is re-
ceived, not with the blood of bulls,
hath the LORD gathered us together. Let joyousness abound, And from the breasts of all
Ps. xvi. Conserva me, Domine. p. 10. Let songs of praise resound;
y. He gave them Bread from Let old things pass away,
heaven. Alleluia. R. So man did Let all be new to day In hearts, and words, and actions wrought. eat Angels' food. Alléluia.
Our FATHER. Abs. Hear, LORD. Tell we how on that night,
ỹ. Sir, pray. Bem. The FATHER
Of the Epistle of S. Paul the Apostle
to the Corinthians. Of old unto the Fathers taught.
Lesson I. Chap. xi.
WHEN ye come together therefore
into one place, this is not to eat He gave to every one ;
the LORD'S supper. For in eating As we confess and teach,
every one taketh before other his own He gave the whole to each, The whole to all, with His own Hand.
supper: and one is hungry, and
another is drunken. What? have ye He gave unto the frail
not houses to eat and to drink in ? or His Flesh to be their food, He gave to them that wail
despise ye the church of God, and The Chalice oi His Blood;
shame them that have not? What And thus to them He spake: This Cup Ig ve you, take,
shall I say to you? shall I praise you Drink all of it, as I command.
in this ? I praise you not. He ordered in this wise
Rz. And the whole multitude of the Our Holy Offering,
children of Israel shall kill the lamb at To be the Sacrifice
evening : * and they shall eat the flesh Which Priests alone should bring,
with unleavened bread. Y. CHRIST For whom is meet and fit That they should eat of it,
our Passover is sacrificed for us, there. And in their turn to others give.
fore let us keep the feast with the
unleavened bread of sincerity and i
SECOND NOCTURN, truth.
Ant. The LORD remember *
offering and accept our burnt sacrifice. FOR I have received of the LORD Ps. xx. Exaudiat te. p. 14.
that which also I delivered unto Ant. The LORD hath prepared * & you: That the LORD JESUS the same table for us against them that trouble night in which he was betrayed took us. Ps. xxiii. Dominus regit me. p. bread; and when he had given 138. thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, Ant. In the voice of praise, * let eat: this is my body, which is broken them shout who banquet at the Table for you : this do in remembrance of of the LORD. Ps. xlii. Quemadmodum, me. After the same manner also be p. 141. took the cup, when he had supped, Ý. He fed them also with the saying, This cup is the new testament finest wheat flour. Al.
Ry. And in my blood: this do ye, as oft as with honey out of the stony rock did ye drink it, in remembrance of me. He satisfy them. Al. For as often as ye eat this bread and Our FATHER. Abs. His pity. y. drink this cup, ye do shew the LORD's Sir, pray. Ben. God the FATHER death till he come.
Almighty. RY. Ye shall eat flesh, and ye shall
Lesson IV. be filled with bread: * This is the
A Sermon of S. Thomas Aquinas. Bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. ¥. Moses gave you not that
divine bread from heaven, but My FATHER THE boundless gifts, of giveth you the True Bread from
bounty, bestowed on the Christian heaven. This.
people, confer upon it a priceless
dignity. For there is not, and never Lesson III.
was, so great a nation, which had its WHEREFORE whosoever shall eat gods drawing so near to it, as our God
this bread, and drink this cup of is to us. For the Only-begotten Son the LORD, unworthily, shall be guilty of God, desirous that we should be of the body and blood of the LORD. sharers in His Godhead, took upon But let a man examine himself, and Him our nature, that He, made man, so let him eat of that bread, and drink might make men gods. And further, of that cup. For he that eateth and He bestowed all that which He took of drinketh unworthily, eateth and ours, upon us, for our salvation. For drinketh damnation to himself, not He offered His Body for our recondiscerning the LORD's body. For this ciliation, a victim on the altar of the cause many are weak and sickly among Cross to God the FATHER; He poured you, and many sleep. For if we would forth His Blood at once for our judge ourselves, we should not be ransom and for our cleansing, that, judged. But when we are judged, we redeemed from hapless slavery, we are chastened of the LORD, that we might be purged from all our sins. should not be condemned with the And in order that the memory of so world.
great a benefit might constantly abide Ry. And Elijah looked, and behold, in us, he bequeathed to the faithful there was a cake baken on the coals, His Body for food, and His Blood for and he arose and did eat and drink. * drink, to be received under the form And he went in the strength of that of bread and wine. meat unto the Mount of God. y. If Ry. As they were eating, Jesus took any man eat of this Bread, he shall bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and live for ever. And he. Glory. And gave it to His disciples, and said : * he.
Take, eat: This is My Body. ¥. The
men of My tabernacle said : Who will might be fixed more deeply in the give us of His flesh, that we may be hearts of the faithful, He instituted satisfied ? Take.
this Sacrament at the last Supper,
(when, after celebrating the Passover Lesson V.
with His disciples, He was about to O
PRECIOUS and wonderful banc depart out of this world to the FATHER) quet, health-bearing, and full of
a perpetual memorial of His all sweetness! For what can be more Passion, fulfilling the ancient types, precious than this banquet ? wherein, the greatest of the miracles wrought not the flesh of bulls and goats, as by Him: and He left it as the special once under the law, but CHRIST, very comfort of those who sorrowed for God, is set before us to be received. His absence. What is more wonderful than this Sacrament? for in it bread and wine fathers did eat manna in the wilder
RI. I am the Bread of life: your are substantially changed into the Body and Blood of CHRIST: and there-ness, and are dead. * This is the
Bread which cometh down from fore Christ, perfect God, and perfect heaven, that a man may eat thereof, man, is contained under the form of and not die. . I am the living a little bread and wine. Therefore
Bread which came down from heaven: He is eaten by the faithful, but in no if any man eat of this Bread, he shall wise rent. Nay, when the Sacrament
live for ever. This. Glory. This. is divided, He abides under each divided particle. The accidents sub
THIRD NOCTURN. sist without a subject, that faith may Ant. I will go
unto the Altar of have her place, while a visible thing GOD : even unto CHRIST Which re-: is invisibly received, hidden under an neweth my youth. alien form, and the senses are set free from deception, in that they decide
Ps. xliii. Judica me. upon accidents which are familiar to Give sentence with me, o God,
. Ry. Jesus took the cup, when He ungodly people : 0 deliver me from had supped, saying: This cup is the the deceitful and wicked man. new testament in My blood : This
2 For thou art the God of my do in remembrance of Me. y. My strength, why hast thou put me from soul hath it still in remembrance, and thee : and why go I so heavily, while is humbled in me. This.
the enemy oppresseth me?
30 send out thy light and thy Lesson VI.
truth, that they may lead me : and No Sacrament is more wholesome bring me unto thy holy bill, and to
than this, whereby sins are thy dwelling. purged, virtues increased, and the 4 And that I may go unto the soul enriched with abundance of all altar of God, even unto the God of spiritual graces. It offered in the my joy and gladness : and upon the Church for the living and the dead; harp will I give thanks unto thee, O that it, which was instituted for the God, my God. salvation of all, may be profitable to
5 Why art thou so heavy, O my all. Finally, no man is able to express soul : and why art thou so disquieted the pleasantness of this Sacrament, within me ? whereby spiritual sweetness is tasted 6 0 put thy trust in God : for I in its source, and the memory of that will yet give him thanks, which is surpassing love which CHRIST dis- the help of my countenance, and my played in His Passion is revived. God. Wherefore, that this boundless love Ant. I will go unto the Altar of
God: even unto CHRIST Which re-, nation so great, which hath its gods neweth my youth.
drawing nigh to it, as the LORD our Ant. The LORD bath fed us * with God is to us. He dwelleth. Ben. the finest wheat flour: and with The Divine. honey out of the stony rock hath He
Lesson VIII. satisfied us. Ps. lxxxi. Exultate Deo.
HE that eateth My Flesh, and
drinketh My Blood, dwelleth in Ant. From Thy Altar, O LORD, *
Me, and I in him. This then is to eat we receive CHRIST : in Whom our that food, and to drink that cup, to heart and flesh rejoice. Ps. lxxxiv. abide in CHRIST, and to have Him Quam dilecta. p. 49.
abiding in one's self. And in this wise Ý. Thou bringest Bread out of the he who abideth not in CHRIST, and earth. Al. Ry. And Wine that maketh hath not CHRIST abiding in him, doth glad the heart of man. Al. Our not spiritually eat His Flesh, nor FATHER. Abs. The Almighty. v. drink His Blood, although he may Sir, pray.
Ben. The Evangelical camally, and with his teeth, press the lection.
Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Lesson of the Holy Gospel according CHRIST: but rather eateth and drinkto S. John.
eth the Sacrament of so great a thing Lessom VII. Chap. vi.
to his own condemnation, because he
hath dared to come unclean to the AT
multitude of the Jews: My Flesh can worthily take, but he that is is meat indeed, and My Blood is clean, of whom is said, Blessed are drink indeed. And that which
the pure in heart, for they shall see follows.
GOD. A Homily of S. Augustine, Bp. Ry. As the living FATHER hath sent Tract 26 on S. John.
Me, and I live by the FATHER,* so he that Seeing that the thing which men eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. desire in taking food and drink, is, X. The LORD shall feed him with the that they should neither hunger nor Bread of life and understanding. So. thirst, nothing truly effects this save Glory. So. Ben. The King. that food and drink which makes those
Lesson IX. who receive it immortal and incorruptible: that is, tine very fellowship of AS, He saith, the living FATHER
hath sent Me, and I live by the the Saints, where there shall be peace FATHER, so he that eateth Me, even to the full, and perfect unity. For he shall live by Me. As though he this is the reason, as men of God have were saying: My humiliation wherein understood it before us, why our Lord He hath sent Me, hath caused Me to JESUS CHRIST gave us his Bods and live by the FATHER; that is, that I Blood in things which are brought to should ascribe My life to Him as the be one from being many. For one of greater. But the partaking whereby them is formed into unity from many any one eats Me, causes him to live grains: the other flows into unity from by Me._ I therefore, brought low, live many grapes. And, then, in the next by the FATHER; man, raised up, liveth placé He explains how that may be by Me. And though it be said, I live done which He saith: and what it by the FATHER, because the Son is of is to eat His Body, and drink His the FATHER, and not the FATHER of Blood.
the Son, yet it is said without any bar Rp. He that eateth My Flesh, and to their equality. On the other hand, drinketh My Blood, * dwelleth in when it is said, He that eateth Me, Me, and I in him. y. There is no the same shall live by Me, He did not
imply that He and we were on an!
Lesson III. equality, but He showed His mediatorial grace.
AND this shall
be a sign unto thee,
that shall come upon thy two sons, Te Deum. p. 15.
on Hophni and Phinehas ; in one day FRIDAY.
they shall die both of them. And I In the Octave of CORPUS CHRISTI.
will raise me up a faithful priest, that
shall do according to that which is in FIRST NOCTURN.
mine heart and in my mind: and I Of the 1st Book of Samuel.
will build him a sure house ; and he Lesson I. Chap. ii.
shall walk before mine anointed for
And it shall come to pass, that AND there came a man of God unto ever.
Eli, and said unto him, Thus every one that is left in thine house saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear shall come and crouch to him for a unto the house of thy father, when piece of silver and a morsel of bread, they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, house? And did I choose him out of into one of the priest's offices, that I all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, may eat a piece of bread. to offer upon mine altar, to burn Ry. And Elijah. p. vii. incense, to wear an ephod before me?
SECOND NOCTURN. and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of
A Sermon of S. Thomas Aquinas. the children of Israel ? Wherefore
Lesson IV. kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine
From the same work, 57. offering, which I have commanded in
This befits the piety of the faithful, my habitation; and honourest thy to commemorate solemnly the institusons above me, to make yourselves fat tion of so wholesome and wonderful a with the chiefest of all the offerings of sacrament, that we should reverence Israel my people ?
the unspeakable manner of the Divine Ry. And the whole. p. vi.
presence in the visible sacrament, and Lesson II.
praise the power of God, which works WHEREFORE the LORD God of so many wonders in the same sacra
Israel saith, I said indeed that ment; and moreover pay our due thy house, and the house of thy thanksgivings to God for so beneficial father, should walk before me for ever: and sweet a gift. but now the LORD saith, Be it far from Ry. As they were. p. vii. me; for them that honour me I will
Lesson V. honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
Behold, AND although the day of the Last the days come, that I will cut off thine ment was instituted, has a special
Supper, when we know this sacraarm, and the arm of thy father's mention of its institution in the course house, that there shall not be an old of the solemnity of Mass, nevertheless man in thine house. And thou shalt the whole remaining office of the day see an enemy in my habitation, in all belongs to the Passion of Christ, in the wealth which God shall give Israel : reverencing which the Church is occuand there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever. And the man
pied at that time.
Ry. Jesus took. p. viii. of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine
Lesson VI. eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and BUT that the multitude of the faithall the increase of thy house shall die ful might celebrate the institution in the flower of their age.
of so great a sacrament, with a separate Ry. Ye shall eat. p. vii.
office, Urban IV. Pope of Rome,